Girls Who Code is an organization which hosts annual computer science education programs in the summer. Their mission is to “work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.” Made with Code is the platform for providing information about projects, events, and various resources for those girls gifted in coding. The over message of both parts is to make girls feel comfortable to cultivate and pursue their education in coding and technology in general. But why is this necessary? You’d think in our modern world that females following an interest in technology would be plentiful. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
According to a recent study, 74% of middle school girls express an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM studies) but when choosing a college major, only 0.3% of high school girls choose to study computer science. Those are the statistics Girls Who Code are trying to change…and they’re doing a pretty good job of it so far. “Girls Who Code launched in 2012 with one program in New York City, and in just one year expanded its Summer Immersion Program to 8 programs in 5 cities nationwide.”
Girls are designing clothes, animating, saving lives, creating video games and helping their communities using code. Miral Kotb is a perfect example of an innovative, code-writing female who’s kicking butt. She’s combing her technological skills as a coder with her background as a trained dancer. Her brainchild is iLuminate; it’s a light system attached to dance costumes, controlled wirelessly by individual movements during a routine. This makes for a spectacular and mesmerizing show, check it out:
If you want to check out more unbelievable glow in the dark choreography, click here.
Danielle Feinberg is another female ‘techie’ working for Pixar (pretty impressive, eh?) Danielle directs the images of light and motion in these animated movies, which plays a huge part in making the characters and settings look realistic.
Our next featured female innovator is Erica Kochi. Growing up, Erica’s family moved constantly to places all over the world. Because of this, she was inspired by the harsh conditions and poverty she was exposed to and now works for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), where she’s innovating healthcare through cellular devices.
The E.P.A. Chica Squad is comprised of four young women who used coding to create an app to get in touch with their community’s concerns about graffiti and trash. They were able to answer those concerns by getting community members to help and clean up.
Pretty awesome, right?
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